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How do i change the programs that start-up when i turn on my computer? I use microsoft operating system. i want to decrease the # of programs that start-up and run to prolong battery life. thanks, eric

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There are several ways to get rid of applications starting automatically.

The safest way for an inexperienced user is opening one by one the applications, and changing settings on the individual application option menus.

Depending on system settings you may also have a folder called Startup, that can be reached from Start button>Programs>Startup.
Any file contained in the folder will start atomatically.
Deleting the files in startup folder will prevent applications from starting.

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If you are a real Geek you can also modify registry entries.
The trick is done Using the Run box that you find on Start Menu.
In the Run box type Regedit and press enter to open the registry Editor.

In the registry editor change the content of the registries that contain startup information , that are

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT/WINDOWS/CurrentVersion/Run

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT/WINDOWS/CurrentVersion/RunOnce

HKEY_CURRENT_USER/SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT/WINDOWS/CurrentVersion/Run


HKEY_CURRENT_USER/SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT/WINDOWS/CurrentVersion/RunOnce

An experienced user can also try using a software like Trend Micro HijackThis to modify Registry settings.

Modify registry settings can damage Windows. If you are not sure of what you are doing do not use registry editor and HijackThis, or Windows may need reinstalling.


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